PRESS RELEASE: EM Ireland welcomes announcement of EU Commission Portfolios

Dublin, 10 September 2014: European Movement (EM) Ireland has today welcomed the announcement made by Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the European Commission, regarding the portfolios for the Commission nominees.

Speaking today, EM Ireland Executive Director, Ms Noelle O Connell, noted “The incoming European Commission faces a number of immediate and longer term issues, not least the continuing challenges of youth unemployment, climate change and migration.  It is welcome that the confirmation process can now proceed without delay, so that a work programme for the new Commission can be agreed and finalised as soon as possible.”

“We welcome the fact that the European Commission portfolios have been assigned in full, with former Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, nominated for the Agriculture and Rural Development portfolio, with responsibility for an EU budget of over €50 billion,” added Ms O Connell.  “We wish him well in this very significant role and look forward to working with him in his busy and important portfolio, one which is extremely relevant to Ireland as the Agriculture and Food sector represents 10% of the Irish economy.”

“The European Parliament is expected to begin hearings with the Commissioner nominees on their designated portfolios during the week beginning 29 September, with voting to take place by late October.”

“The new Commission is therefore expected to be in place on 1 November.  Phil Hogan will appear before the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament.  Three Irish MEPs are members of the committee; Matt Carthy, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Mairead McGuinness.”

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Contact Frances Byrne at EM Ireland, on 01 662 5815, 086 8143297 or email frances@europeanmovement.ie.

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